Jan 8, 2015

Posted by in Winter Anime 2015

Shinmai Maou no Testament

There certainly are a lot of ecchi anime this season. I like it! We need that kind of visual material to warm ourselves up during these cold winter months. Shinmai Maou no Testament is a perfect example of over-the-top fan service.

Shinmai Maou no TestamentThe artwork is just insane. We have a horny loli succubus and a busty demon lord’s daughter that have been be protected by a scarred hero. Their underwear is visible most of the time and the protagonist seems like a coward.

That’s right. It’s one of those stories. By no means unique. One can almost tell what’s going to happen. This kind of thing is so cliché. All that’s left is a one or two more girls and the harem is pretty much complete.

I could only recommend this to people that like this sort of thing. A bit of ecchi fantasy with a bit of action. Sounds like your cup of tea? Go for it.

Plot Summary: “Hey, you said you wanted a little sister, right?” First year highschool student, Toujo Basara, was suddenly asked by his father and fell into a state of panic. On top of that, the eccentric father told him he will be getting remarried.

He then departed overseas after bringing Basara two beautiful step-sisters. But Mio and Maria’s true forms are actually the newbie Demon Lord and a succubus!? Basara was almost entered into a master and servant contract with Mio, but a “reversed” contract was formed by mistake, and Basara is now the master!? Moreover, Basara is being hit by one ecchi situation after another due to the contract, but Mio’s life is being pursued by other demon tribes and hero tribes! The most powerful contractor’s desire action drama begins!

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Jan 7, 2015

Posted by in Winter Anime 2015

Absolute Duo

Okay, read up on this one and I must admit that I was pretty interested. That interest has somewhat shrunk after seeing the first episode. I guess I simply expected a lot more from this one after reading so many good things about the manga.

Absolute DuoThe artwork is alright. It is by no means the best, although I must point out that it’s pretty detailed. Those weapons look really good. It’s the characters that look a bit dull, but I can imagine that the studio can’t do a whole lot about that.

The story is what makes me doubt right now. Children become these beings with supernatural abilities through some kind of drug (I think), after which they attend special schools where they have to fight one another to become stronger or something.

I am sure things will become a lot clearer soon. Why is the protagonist not “normal”? Why is it so important that these characters need to become stronger? All of those questions will get answered soon, I’m sure. I will keep watching until then. I suggest you give this a fair try.

Plot Summary: he story begins with Blaze — a weapon that is the manifestation of a human’s soul. Tooru Kokonoe happens to be qualified for this, but for some reason his Blaze is not a weapon, but a shield. Moreover, he enrolled in a school that teaches combat skills, and thanks to the school’s Duo partner system, he ends up living with a beautiful silver-haired girl.

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Dec 27, 2014

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Trinity Seven episode 12

A very disturbing final episode. Yes, I enjoyed Trinity Seven for the last few months, but I will not be waiting for a second season. I think its fine like this. It was very nice and very funny, but the story was lacking a little bit.

[HorribleSubs] Trinity Seven - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.21_[2014.12.27_00.01.37]This was supposed to be the final battle. A battle where the protagonist was supposed to go all-out in order to save his previous friend and where everything would get nearly destroyed. I thought it was going to be this epic, all-out fighting where everyone had to use their ultimate skill in order to win the battle. I don’t even know what happened. The protagonist just powered up a little, executed his thema and attacked only once from what I could tell. It was enough to beat Hijiri and make her disappear again so that he can once again start his journey.

[HorribleSubs] Trinity Seven - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_17.26_[2014.12.27_00.01.49]It was a weird ending. You could really tell that they were trying to end things with a cliff-hanger, thereby giving us the impression that they were planning (or perhaps already working on) a second season. I won’t actually be waiting for it. I think Trinity Seven ended for me and that’s that. None of my wishes really came true and I feel as though the story was really lacking in quite a lot of places. I would only recommend this to those that just want to laugh and watch a little bit of ecchi anime. This just isn’t for storyline-fanatics.

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Dec 18, 2014

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Trinity Seven episode 11

You know, the problem with Trinity Seven is that the fights are always so ridiculously childish. The characters are joking around and sometimes they don’t even bother attacking seriously. That’s what it looks like to me.

[HorribleSubs] Trinity Seven - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.06_[2014.12.17_23.19.19]This episode is a good example of that. Levi was matched against an opponent whose “Thema” is the same as hers. They both are researching the same thing and so you’d think they’d be evenly matched. If that were even remotely true than Levi wouldn’t have to resort to such ridiculous tactics. It really looked like she was just messing around. She hid a lot, faked attacks by claiming it was something else and tried to fool her opponent with lies. All of this was done in a sort of “funny” way in order to try and make us laugh, no doubt. That failed in my case.

[HorribleSubs] Trinity Seven - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.48_[2014.12.17_23.19.33]It was pretty hard to watch. Levi is still my favourite, but I want to see her fight seriously. Stop messing around with ninja nonsense and attack using real attacks. Her speed and illusions are cool and quite handy, but the way she follows up is stupid. I saw her fight seriously once and that was definitely worth watching.

Anyway, the final episode is up next and I am pretty sure that Arata will resolve everything by talking and showing his “compassionate” side to Hijiri in order to bring her over to his side. We all know what is going to happen. Trinity Seven has probably given us one or two unexpected twists during the past few months. That’s about it.

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Dec 11, 2014

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Trinity Seven episode 10

I suppose I could consider this episode somewhat different from the rest… I could, but I won’t. How different was it, really? It still contained small portions of fan service, comedy and a somewhat predictable twist.

[HorribleSubs] Trinity Seven - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.19_[2014.12.10_23.05.22]So Arata ascended from Demon Lord Candidate to an actual Demon Lord. Good for him! His outfit changed as well as his appearance. His hair turned white, which made me think about Tokyo Ghouls, and he has these lines across his cheek which made him look like a little badass. I definitely like what I saw, even though if it was for a short duration. It would’ve been a bit more exciting to see more and if it took more than a simple slap to make him turn back to his old self, but hey… beggars can’t be choosers. I’m just happy that I got to see something interesting.

[HorribleSubs] Trinity Seven - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.11_[2014.12.10_23.05.47]I also noticed that Mira, the show’s tsundere, has finally given in to Arata’s charms, whatever they are. She has fully acknowledged him as a potential partner and is now actually calling him by his name instead of “the impure one”, although I must say that I definitely like the latter. His harem has made some progress once again.

But yeah, spending a few months looking for a character that’s dear to the protagonist, only to find out that she’s on the opposite team… That sucks! Watch; she’s bad now, but, just like that grim moiré from last week, Arata will beat her and make her switch sides. Either that or she’s consumed by evil and Arata has to set her free. Probably something as standard as that.

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